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For each of the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, please provide a breakdown of knife crime suspected offenders who have been released under investigation broken down by crime type?
The changes made by the Government regarding bail and Release Under Investigation have been counterproductive, they have led to people who should be released under stringent bail conditions not being done so. I have consistently made representations to the Home Secretary and the Government; the Commissioner has as well. I think that the Government has finally listened and realised they have made a mistake. Therefore, I hope that the proposed reforms will protect victims and alleged offenders alike.
Please see attached the requested data for the years 2018 and 2019. Released Under Investigation was not recorded until April 2017, therefore any annual comparison before 2018 would not be possible.